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August 03, 2018

3-year-old Iowa girl dies after falling from a carnival ride

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Jenessy “Sophia” Villalpando was having fun during her vacation with her family before her untimely death. The three-year-old died tragically after she was ejected from her carnival ride seat.

Sophia from Iowa was in Penjamo, Mexico with her family when the incident happened on July 30th. She was on vacation with her mother, grandfather, and great-grandmother for the summer.

A GoFundMe page created by family members revealed Sophia’s tragic fate.

Her aunt, Marlene Chuautenago Villalpando, said the accident happened only a few days before the three-year-old was about to go home to Iowa.

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‘She was at a Carnival with her mom and was on a ride when she was ejected from her seat,’ said Marlene on the GoFundMe page. 

She added that someone from the public saw what happened and attempted to catch her. However, the person was unsuccessful. The accident caused Sophia to suffer from major head trauma and her brain was swollen as well.

El Mercurio, a Mexican newspaper, stated that the child fell about 30 feet.

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Marlene said to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier that Sophia was seated next to her mother during the incident.

El Mercurio revealed that investigators from Mexico’s Elements of State Civil Protection agency discovered ‘several anomalies.’

Allegedly, the ride operators at the time were not permitted to operate at the fair, according to the paper.

The GoFundMe page was set up by Marlene to help in bringing the three-year-old’s body home along with the rest of her family. As of now, almost $8,000 has been raised.

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Marlene remembered her niece as a girl filled with life. She said she was the family’s ‘sunshine.’ Sophia was ‘the one who could make us all forget about our problems with her cheerful personality.’

The child’s aunt continued to say that all they wanted was to bring Sophia home.

As revealed by the Des Moines Register, Sophia’s funeral will be on August 7, 2018.

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